Every time I go back to Barcelona I visit the Mercado de la Boqueria, like it's a a ritual. the market is located on the Ramblas in a world full of smells, colors, textures, etc. At the stands you can find a great variety of foods, all of great quality.
La Boqueria origins come from the 13th century. Part of the current structure is from 1700, even though the building went through several changes afterwards. One cannot go to Barcelona without passing by this wonderful market.
When the weather is nice, I love buying a good piece of bread, brie cheese, tomato, serrano ham and a handful of strawberries. With my goodies and, as if I was an authentic foreigner, I have a picnic in a sunny spot of the Cathedral square. Amazing.
Carried out by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles, the Santa Catalina market is situated in the heart of the old Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Located on the square of the cathedral, but separated from it by Via Laietana, you can't miss it for its colorful roof, undulated and very appealing. Inside it is still the typical local market, despite being located in such a touristic part. The market was renovated not long ago and was closed for quite some time. The markets in Barcelona stand out for the incredible architectural styles. All of them are incredible and deserve a visit: la Boqueria the most famous for being on Las Ramblas, or la Llibertat, la Abacería centra or Santa Catalina. You can spend an entire morning among the screams, colors, smells, tasting anchovies, chorizos, sausages... Your five senses will enjoy it.
El Born Cultural Center (often known simply as El Born CC) is an archaeological site and cultural complex houses in the Mercat Born, a grand old Parisian-style marketplace in the heart of one of Barcelona’s most interesting and bohemian neighborhoods: El Born. When the market was being renovated in the early 2000’s, excavators came across the remains of an entire 18th-century neighborhood that had been destroyed during Napoleon’s invasion of the city. Now, these remains have been cleaned up and cataloged and are on display for free for all who are interested. If you want to take a closer, more-in depth look at the ruins, there are guided tours available for around €5.00. It’s actually pretty amazing to think that the remains around only 300 or so years old…when I first saw them I was convinced that they had to be Roman!
Aside from the archaeological site, El Born Cultural Centre also hosts cultural events ranging from fashion shows to art exhibits to concerts to kid-friendly activities. The center also has a nice, quiet bookstore and cafe if you’re looking for a place to sit down and get your caffeine fix before heading out to explore the Picasso Museum or the Santa Maria del Mar church nearby.